As Congress takes a break to run for re-election, the press is spotlighting LPFM and the Local Community Radio Act which is still struggling to make its way through the Senate.
Let's Expand Low-Power FM
Houston Chronicle, October 2, 2010
Earlier this summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Community Radio Act, which would expand LPFM to many more communities. The Senate is now considering the bill (SB 592) ... From the Third Ward to the Heights, from Montrose to Denver Harbor and Acres Homes, we could sure use LPFMs in our neighborhoods. They put church groups, immigrant voices and local policy debates on the air. Independent music and culture thrive there, and studios are a gathering place for neighbors. LPFM stations do more than provide relief in times of crisis, though this is a vital service as well.
Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7228828.html
The History and Future of Hyper-Local Radio
Atlantic Monthly, October 5, 2010
Part of what is so interesting about media made by community members is its potential to challenge what we think radio "is." Our present-day understanding of radio has to a great degree crystallized around the massive network configuration -- both commercial and noncommercial, like National Public Radio. Yet LPFM shows that technology's contours can shift over time based on ongoing renegotiation between players like regulators, corporations, advocates and everyday citizens. Far from being a moribund medium, radio can have an alternate future -- one that actually reawakens long-forgotten debates that were "settled" shortly after the dawn of broadcasting.
Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/10/the-history-and-future-of-hyper-local-radio/64058/